Integrating digital documentation and community engagement: unveiling the hidden hamina’ international summer school

Jorge Garcia-Fernandez, Leonor Medeiros

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Currently, non-formal Heritage Education strategies present an immense potential to valorise and protect cultural heritage (CH),
while promoting the transmission and production of knowledge. Integrating the potential of technologies in cultural heritage
management practices, particularly in the field of ‘heritage documentation’, presents a way to empower both experts and non-experts
with tools to better understand and record CH assets. It also allows to use research to advance on conservation, and to create and
strengthen links between communities and their heritage. To achieve these in a non-formal context, a learning process/path needs to
go beyond merely taking the contents out of the classroom; it requires the development of a strategy where students interact directly
of the heritage assets, the communities and the institutions during a continuous amount of time, allowing for immersion, meaningful
experience, and dialogue.
In 2018, under coordination of the University of Lisbon and Tampere University of Technology, took place the International
Summer School ‘Unveiling the Hidden Hamina’, in Finland. The course was focused on integrating a non-formal academic course
on Heritage documentation with a community-centred approach to cultural heritage. Its primary goals were to develop a learning
path merging communities and course contents, to tackle current challenges in Heritage documentation, and to solve some current
problems identified by local CH institutions. This paper provides a description of the course program and learning activities, the
community engagement strategies, the integrated socio-cultural agenda and the main outcomes obtained by the course.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Issue numberW6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCIPA International Symposium: Documenting the past for a better future - Ávila, Spain
Duration: 1 Sept 20195 Sept 2019
Conference number: 27


  • Education and Training
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Community participation
  • Documentation


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